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Amateur Science Stories

UK Amateur Magazine published from Leeds, West Yorkshire, by the fan-run SFA (Science Fiction Association) and edited by Douglas W F Mayer. Paper size 8½in x 14in. Three issues only, October 1937 (9pp), December 1937 (16pp) and March 1938 (18pp). / This fiction Fanzine is mildly notable for its publication of Arthur C Clarke's first three stories, beginning with "Travel by Wire!" (December 1937). All the fiction content was supplied by Clarke (#2, #3), William F Temple writing as ...

Clark, Thomas March

(1812-1903) US cleric (he was the fifth Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island) and author of the Young Adult tale, John Whopper, the Newsboy (July-October 1870 Old and New; 1871) as Anonymous, in which the eponymous newspaper delivery boy falls through a hole into the Hollow Earth eventually reaching China. En route he visits the North Pole. [JC]

Space Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, eight issues May 1952 to September 1953, published by Space Publications; edited by Lester del Rey. Space was the senior companion to Science Fiction Adventures, Rocket Stories and Fantasy Fiction. The most prolific contributor was del Rey himself, sometimes as Erik Van Lhin or Philip St John. Notable stories included T L Sherred's "Cue For Quiet" (May-July 1953) and Philip K Dick's "Second Variety" (May 1953) and "The Variable Man" (September 1953). Space also saw the ...


Blond, square-jawed, musclebound, time-travelling Comic-strip character created for the London Daily Mirror by artist Steve Dowling and BBC producer Gordon Boshell as the UK's answer to Flash Gordon. Scripted by Don Freeman, Garth first appeared, floating ashore on a raft, on 24 July 1943, and soon became a kind of fantasy troubleshooter. In The Seven Ages of Garth (September 1944-January 1946) Freeman introduced Garth's Doctor Zarkov equivalent, Professor Lumiere, whose magic word "karma" ...

Treasure Island in Outer Space

Italian/German/French tv mini-series (1987; original title L'isola del tesoro; vt Space Island). Bavaria Film, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, TF1 Films Production. Directed by Antonio Margheriti. Written by Lucio De Caro and Renato Castellani. Cast includes Ernest Borgnine, Philippe Leroy, Klaus Löwitsch, Andy Luotto, Itaco Nardulli, Anthony Quinn and David Warbeck. Five or seven episodes (depending on country) totalling 350 minutes. Colour. / Margheriti had previously directed the sf ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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